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Research For MOVIE

Postby wilsonpezz » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:50 pm

Hello All,

My name is Wilson and I am the director for an upcoming film about that has a severely autistic character who is at the forefront of our story. Him and his caregiver and sister Lilly must navigate a dense for when Ben becomes lost while eloping. I have been doing extensive research over the past month on autism and specifically severe autism as my goal is to get away from a stigmatized and glamourized view of autistic people that Hollywood seems to portray. I want to instead focus on the real effects of autism on the family. The effects it has on parents. And also how society puts autism in a separate box as to not have to deal with implications on it. The story is currently being written but one of the most controversial things in it is the role of the mother of the autistic boy (who is 17-18 in the story). The screenwriters have created a character who has been through so much that the love she once had for her child is gone and she becomes withdrawn and bitter, while the sister takes on the role of the loving caregiver. I want to know if this is something that happens. During my research I came across many stories of bitter parents abusing their children out of desperation and weariness. I also came across articles written by moms of autistic children who say being depicted as bitter individuals is a horrible stereotype. Would you be offended seeing a character depicted like this in a mainstream movie? My aunt is the mother of a severely autistic child whom she cares for and I'm sure loves dearly. She didn't have much to say on this, only stating that she could see how this could become too much for an individual. Please give me your thoughts, and if this is overtly offensive what would be another more accurate depiction of the character while remaining grounded in reality. I look forward to hearing from you all.

Thank you!

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